Yeah Yeah Yeahs reveal New Orleans 'juju' influence on new album 'Mosquito'

The trio's fourth album is set for release on April 15

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs have spoken about the influence of New Orleans on their forthcoming new album, 'Mosquito'.

The trio started writing the album – which is set for release on April 15 – in New Orleans last spring. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Nick Zinner of the band said: "We thought New Orleans would be a great place to write – this magical, chaotic city. We kept driving around, listening to this radio station playing all this awesome New Orleans soul."

He added that the first single from the album, 'Sacrilege', was inspired by "the New Orleans vibe. Just the juju in the air." Click below to listen to the track, which features a gospel choir.

Zinner also told Rolling Stone that he was surprised that band got around to making a fourth album. "We've been making music together for 13 years now, which is an incredible rarity. Ninety percent of the bands that we came up with are gone."

The album is produced by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek and Nick Launay, with one track helmed by former LCD Soundsystem man James Murphy.

Of the album, Zinner added: "It's not as laboured-over as 'It's Blitz!'. Karen likes things that feel new. If something feels familiar, she automatically has zero interest in that. So we can't repeat ourselves, even if we wanted to."

Yeah Yeah Yeahs curate I'll Be Your Mirror at London's Alexandra Palace alongside Grizzly Bear over the weekend of May 4-5. Bands confirmed for the event so far include The Walkmen, Black Lips, Real Estate, Dirty Beaches and Cass McCombs.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play:

Manchester O2 Apollo (May 1)
Leeds O2 Academy (2)
London Alexandra Palace (4)


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